74 percent of Miami residents cannot afford homes in Magic City, study says

To paraphase an old adage, Miami is great place to visit, but you can’t afford a home to live there.

A new study shows that over 74 percent of Miami households cannot afford to own a home in the Magic City.

Personal finance website GoBanking Rates released a survey showing all U.S. cities where over half the residents cannot buy a home, and Miami ranked third behind Boston and San Francisco.

By calculating the income needed to afford a mortgage in all cities, the study compared that number with households with income equal to or greater than the amount.

The median home price in Miami was projected at $450,000, with an monthly mortgage payment of $2,330.

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Since it’s a well-known “rule” that no more than 30 percent of income should go towards a home, a Miami resident would need to annually earn $77,000 to afford a house in the area.

However, the median household income in Miami is just $34,901, according to the study.

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Superintendent gets death threats after Louisiana teacher’s arrest

A Louisiana schools superintendent says he has received death threats amid outrage over a teacher’s arrest after she criticized his proposed raise.

But Vermillion Parish Superintendent Jerome Puyau said he stands by the city marshal who removed the teacher from the public comment session of a school board meeting, CNN affiliate KATC reported.

“Our people know what to do, and when it happened, that person … that marshal acted in what we ask him to do,” Puyau told KATC.

Video of teacher Deyshia Hargrave getting handcuffed and arrested made international headlines Wednesday.

Hargrave was called upon to speak during the public comment part of the school board meeting when she started criticizing the superintendent’s proposed raise — from $110,190 to $140,188.

“You’re making our job even more difficult,” Hargrave told the school board, according to video from KATC.

“A superintendent or any person in a position of leadership getting any type of raise, I feel like it’s a slap in the face to all the teachers, cafeteria workers, and any other support staff we have.”

Hargrave said teachers had not received a raise in years.

Public records show base salaries for Vermillion Parish teachers last year ranged from $39,458 to $58,658. The superintendent’s $30,000 raise is more than half of most teachers’ salaries.

As Hargrave continued sharing her concerns, a city marshal hired by the school district removed her from the meeting.

‘I am way smaller than you!’

The video shows Hargrave getting handcuffed on the floor of a hallway.

“What are you doing?” she screams at the marshal.

“Stop resisting,” he says.

“I’m am not! You just pushed me to the floor!” Hargrave yells as she’s forcibly led out of the building. “I am way smaller than you!”

Hargrave was booked into the nearby Abbeville jail, accused of one count of resisting an officer and one count of remaining after being prohibited. She bonded out soon afterward, Abbeville police said.

City attorney and prosecutor Ike Funderburk told KATC no charges will be pursued against the teacher.

‘Poor little woman’

Hargrave’s ejection stoked a debate over gender equality, which intensified after school board president Tony Fontana called her a “poor little woman.”

“This is not about the board. It’s about the teacher, and everybody wants to side on the poor little woman who got thrown out,” Fontana told CNN affiliate WAFB. “Well she made a choice. She could have walked out and nothing would have happened.”

Not all board members agree with Fontana. School board member Laura LeBeouf expressed dismay over how the teacher was treated.

“What happened here tonight — the way that females are treated in Vermilion Parish … I have never seen a man removed from this room,” LeBeouf said during the meeting.

Fontana later fired back at his fellow school board member.

“The board member on the other side forgot that we banned the husband of one of the board members from coming back on board property because of acting out in an incident,” Fontana told KATC.

“So all this stuff about ‘this is a woman’s issue’ is BS.”

Superintendent on death threats: ‘Stay away’

In the end, the school board approved Puyau’s raise to $140,188 — a salary boost of 27 percent.

But as video of Hargrave’s arrest spread around the world, the superintendent said he and his family have received death threats.

Puyau has not responded to CNN’s requests for comment. But in an interview with KATC, he implored those making threats to stop.

“Leave our community out, and our schools, and stay away,” he said.

Teachers to rally for Hargrave

After bonding out of jail, Hargrave gave a video statement denouncing her treatment and thanking her supporters.

“By silencing my voice they’ve also taken away, or tried to take away, my First Amendment rights to speak,” Hargrave said in the video. “I am appalled at this, and you should be, too.”

The Louisiana Association of Educators announced a rally in support of Hargrave, scheduled for 3:45 p.m. (4:45 p.m. ET) Thursday. It will take place in Abbeville, where the board meeting was held.

“The arrest of middle school educator … Deyshia Hargrave is a chilling infringement on her rights but educators will not be silenced,” association president Debbie Meaux said.

Brian Blackwell, attorney for teachers’ union, said Hargrave is considering legal action.

“In 30 years, I’ve never seen anything like this,” Blackwell told CNN. “This has certainly caused an outrage locally, nationally and internationally.”

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Jury sentences Peter Avsenew to death for fatal shooting of Wilton Manors couple

A jury sentenced Peter Avsenew to death Thursday for killing a couple in Wilton Manors in 2010. 

Avsenew showed no reaction to the decision, as the victims’ families nodded their heads in approval. 

He later flicked off the victims’ families before they left the courthouse. 

“In my heart of hearts, I knew that he was making that gesture to us, and then he admitted that he made the gesture to our family,” one of the victim’s sisters, Marci Craig, said. 

“After what happened in that courtroom just now, I’m happy that he’s being put to the death penalty,” Missy Badget, whose brother was also murdered, said.  

Jurors spent Thursday morning hearing closing arguments from the state and the accused, who decided to represent himself. 

Avsenew’s remarks to the jury were brief. 

He told the jurors he has no regrets in life, he’s proud of every decision he’s made in his life and that no one knows what really happened that night.

“My job here is simple. I don’t have to prove anything to you as clearly the state’s proven. All I have to do is be here and behave,” Avsenew said. “It’s up to you to decide life or death based on the information provided to you throughout this entire trial.

“I have no regrets in my life and I am proud of the decisions I’ve made. No one really knows what happened that day. Everyone can speculate what ifs and maybes until they’re blue in the face, which they’ll never really know.”

Prosecutors ended their closing presentation by showing the jury photos from the scene and the gunshot wounds on the victims. 

Before Avsenew spoke to the jury, the judge in the case asked one final time whether he wanted an attorney, which he once again declined. 

Steven Adams and Kevin Powell were shot dead inside their Wilton Manors home in 2010.

Police said the couple took Avsenew in after answering a suggestive post on Craigslist.

Prosecutors said he killed the couple and stole their money, belongings and a car.     

The defense argued that Avsenew found the couple dead and he didn’t call 911 because he’d been working for them as an escort.

The state said there was no proof to back up the claim. 

If jurors had decided to spare Avsenew’s life, he would have been sentenced to life in prison. 

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Florida bill cracks down on leaving children alone in cars

Some lawmakers are looking to make big changes concerning leaving children in cars.

A new bill making its way through the Florida legislature, aims to make it illegal to leave a child alone in a car, even for just for a moment.

Current Florida law says you can leave a child alone in a car for up to 15 minutes. That’s anyone under the age of 6. Under the new bill, parents could be charged with a misdemeanor if they leave their child alone for any length of time.
 
If passed, parents could face a second-degree misdemeanor. The proposed bill would not only give police officers the right to remove your child if they are left behind for just a few minutes. Officers could turn them over to the Department of Children and Families if they can’t find the parents. 
 
Danielle Kessenger with Safe Kids Northeast Florida said in a 10 minute time frame, the inside of your car can rise 20 degrees on a 72 degree day.
 
“People really should think about- is that the car is not a babysitter. The car is not a playground. The car is a means of getting from here to there. We should really use it as such and be cautious,” said Kessenger.
 
The bill also calls for a third-degree felony if the child is badly hurt. If this were to pass, it would take effect this October. 

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Surveillance video released of thieves who burglarized firefighters’ vehicles

Surveillance video released Thursday shows the thieves who burglarized numerous vehicles that belong to Fort Lauderdale firefighters, authorities said.

The video shows the men, dressed in black, walking outside a fire station last month.

Authorities said two city fire stations and one county fire station were targeted sometime between the night of Dec. 2 and the morning of Dec. 3.

Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright said 17 vehicles were burglarized inside the gated fire station at 3400 SW Fourth Ave.

BSO crime scene detectives collected evidence from the vehicles and inventoried items that were stolen.

Coleman-Wright said six guns were stolen from outside two of the fire stations. 

A man was taken into custody for questioning last month days after the burglaries, but no arrests have been made. 

Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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GOP congressman declines to challenge Dem senator in North Dakota

Rep. Kevin Cramer, a North Dakota Republican, announced Thursday he will not challenge sitting Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in the Senate race this fall.

During an interview with KFYR radio, Cramer said he and his family decided the best decision was for him to just run again for his House seat. The move is seen as a blow to Republicans who hope to pick up the seat in the traditionally deep red state.

“We’ve decided that the best thing for our family and me and really for North Dakota…is to seek re-election to the House of Representatives,” Cramer said, according to the Grand Forks Herald.

Cramer’s announcement comes after Cramer told CNN last week that President Donald Trump was urging him to run for Senate.

“Certainly, the President urged me to run. He’s encouraged me to run. He has for a sometime,” Cramer told CNN this week.

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